Color Theory – An Essential Guide to Color – Walter Foster


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In this essential guide, accomplished artist Patti Mollica walks you through the most important aspects of colour theory as they relate to oil and acrylic painting. From pigment characteristics and colour mixing to colour psychology, you’ll find all the information you need to make dynamic, harmonious, and meaningful colour choices in your works of art.

Regardless of your medium, a solid understanding of colour and its applications is essential. With a fresh, contemporary take on the subject of colour, this essential guide features step-by-step projects and practical tips and techniques to put colour knowledge to effective use.

You’ll find within:

  • Discussions and illustrations of the complexities of colour and how to use it as a tool for communication
  • Tips for creating vibrant mixes, lively blacks, realistic greens, and flesh tones
  • An inspiring collection of fresh and contemporary artwork


Harness the power of colour in your painting with Color Theory!


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Color Theory begins with an overview of colour in the history of art and the science behind colour, followed by a presentation of colour basics: the colour wheel; hue, saturation, and value; colour and value; colour temperature; colour relativity; and colour schemes. Everything you need to know about pigments and paints is detailed next. With these essentials covered, move on to integrate colour with your compositions and painting style as a means of expression.



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